Jim’s legacy of helping inspired Port support

Brain Tumour Trust Cheque Presentation
Brain Tumour Trust Cheque Presentation

The colleagues of a Bo’ness grandfather who died of a rare brain tumour have raised £1282 for charity in his memory.

Jim Livingstone was a vessel traffic services officer at Forth and Tay Navigation Services, based in the Port of Grangemouth.

After receiving his diagnosis in October 2013 and undergoing two brain operations, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, Jim sadly lost his battle with the disease in July of this year, aged just 58.

He is survived by his widow, Maryanne; his sons, Paul and Bryan; and a grand-daughter, Skye.

Bryan said: “Dad was a real family man – he was always doing things for everyone, helping them out.

“He was a very active person too and loved going out on his bike so his diagnosis was a huge shock to us.

“We didn’t receive much information from the health service and it wasn’t until later in my dad’s treatment that we started to get support from the Brain Tumour Charity.

“Through different fundraising activities we’ve managed to raise £6154 for the charity in total and we hope that this will allow other families to access the support that we didn’t get until quite late on.”

Gathering at the port where Jim worked for 36 years, his former colleagues presented a cheque for £1282 to a representative of The Brain Tumour Charity.

The cash had been raised through Forth Ports’ Annual Marine Golf Outing and from donations from Forth Pilots Association, Svitzer Marine Ltd and colleagues at the Port of Grangemouth.

Captain Bob Baker, Forth Ports’ Chief Harbourmaster, said: “Jim was a great colleague and he had many friends at the Port of Grangemouth. This is reflected in the enthusiasm that everyone had in raising money for this cause.”